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Achilles the cat lies on a table after attempting to predict the result of the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Achilles the cat lies on a table after attempting to predict the result of the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Despite this, that isn't to say you shouldn't get excited for the World Cup, because by all means we all should.

In eight years, the US, Mexico and Canada will play host to the largest edition of the tournament to date - 48 teams playing 80 matches across 34 days.

"Thank you for the incredible privilege", said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of US Soccer in a short, appreciative speech to the Federation Internationale de Football Association members after the vote.

The North American proposal is referred to as United 2026, as it bested a rival Moroccan bid, 134 votes to 65.

"This shouldn't be a geopolitical discussion or decision", U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Other countries can benefit from this excitement".

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The last time the US hosted the World Cup was in 1994, with Brazil winning the tournament at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. "It should be based on the merits of the bid".

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, arrived in Moscow on Thursday to attend the opening of World Cup 2018. "Isn't that a great thing?"

Previous hosts had been decided by the FIFA Executive committee, now known as the FIFA Council. The plan calls for the U.S.to host 60 matches, and its neighbors to host 10 each.

But from Tuesday forward, the countries aim to shelve their disagreements and present a united front, at least when it comes to co-hosting the world's most-watched single-sport event.

They are thinking about it, though at the earliest idea stage.

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The president of European soccer body UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, is open to a British bid. "They (England), with their infrastructure, they can host all alone or with (Britain)".

Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. Khalfi said it was "regrettable" that seven Arab countries did not vote for Morocco, including close political allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. "But it's a shame". Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

"If this can be successful, this can be repeated", he said, "in all parts of the world".

Speaking at the Fifa Congress in Moscow on the eve of the World Cup, the Swiss-Italian said he would present his candidacy for elections taking place in Paris in June 2019.

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